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Use the Wall to Improve Your Breaststroke Kick!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mark Gangloff, two-time olympic gold medalist and 13-time NCAA All-American, demonstrates a drill that utilizes the wall to perfect the breaststroke kick. The point of the drill is to help swimmers catch more water with the inside of their feet so they can produce a speedier breaststroke.

Kick Against the Wall

Drill Summary: Place both of your hands on the wall with your stomach facing the bottom of the pool. Begin executing a breaststroke kick, focusing on setting your feet up at the top of the kick and turning your feet and toes out to catch more water. If you’re doing it right, you should feel pressure on the inside of your feet as you push against the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Breaststroke with Mark Gangloff.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn a Skill Development Phase for the Hurdles!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Karim Abdel Wahab, Colorado State University assistant coach and member of the Egyptian Olympic Games coaching staff, explains a phase of his fall training for the hurdles. The video outlines exactly what male and female hurdlers do in the first phase of the fall training plan.

Fall Training: Skill Development Phase 1

Drill Summary: The first phase begins with both male and female hurdlers starting in a standing position, getting a 7-8 step start and jumping over three hurdles in a five step pattern. You can progress by adding one or two more hurdles to the drill, as well as making it a three step interval instead of five. For men, hurdle height should be 39” with 11.4M spacing on five step hurdles, and for the women hurdles should be 20” with 10.4M spacing. For the three step pattern, the men should have 7.9M between hurdles and the women should have 7.3M spaces.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Hurdles.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Discover How to Hold the Discus!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

University of Buffalo assistant coach and 30 year high school coaching veteran, Jim Garnham, presents the proper way to hold a discus. The ultimate success of an athlete’s throws begin with their grip, making the way they grab the discus of utmost importance before beginning their motion.

Holding the Discus

Drill Summary: Coach Garnham says holding the discus at your side should be like carrying a suitcase in your hand. The discus should rest in your hand on the first knuckles on your fingers and your palm should be somewhere in the middle of the ring. You’ll know you’re holding the discus right if you can move it around with you hand on top of it and the centrifugal force keeps it in your hand.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Teaching and Coaching the Discus Throw.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Develop Athleticism for the Backstroke Start!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Eight-time NCAA Coach of the Year and head coach of SwimMAC Carolina, David Marsh, says the backstroke start is an athletic event, not a natural one. Because of this, Coach Marsh has developed a progression of drills that will improve your swimmers’ athleticism so they can explode off the wall.

Backstroke Start

Drill Summary: There are multiple drills in this video. The first drill is the Butt Plop, in which the swimmer starts with their toes over the edge of the gutter (Coach Marsh encourages this so athletes can practice with more security) and jumps back far and high before landing on their butt. As they hit the water, their legs should straight and point. The next drill is the Push Off Drill, where swimmers work on pushing backwards before they engage their legs to jump. Finally, the High Jump drill works on jumping as high and as far as possible, with swimmers landing on the feet. You can also use a soft noodle to challenge swimmers to jump a certain distance in this drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Starts.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn the Carry Cradle from Jesse Delgado!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Two-time National Champion and three-time All-American at the University of Illinois, Jesse Delgado, demonstrates the carry cradle. This move is one of Delgado’s signature moves and can be used as an alternative to some of the other moves you’d otherwise utilize out of the funk position.

Carry Cradle

Drill Summary: When the opponent has your leg in a low single, high leg over them and keep your leg straight and heavy on the back of the opponent’s neck. In this position, sit on your heel with your toe on the mat. Next, dip your shoulder and shoot your hand through the opponent’s legs. Then, lock out their leg, roll over the top, grab the opponent’s neck and get your cradle. Make sure you keep your hand on their back the entire time or they’ll be able to stop this chain of moves.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Jesse Delgado’s Single Leg Finishes and Funk Defense.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship Productions.com!

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